An easy taco skillet that’s like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect to make on busy weeknights. Plus, you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want!

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One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! An easy taco skillet that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet

It’s been a hectic week over here at our house, and I can’t tell you how ready I am for 1) the weekend and 2) another helping of this ultra cheesy taco skillet.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to relax a little bit over the next few days. But, knowing me, I’ll wake up from a daze and catch myself doing more work, perpetually caught up in the “I’ll just finish this one last thing…” cycle.

I guess that’s the cost of loving what you do for a living.

But there are parts of my “job” that can be easy, too. A busy week for me means that I’m pressed for time to make dinner, and when I’m pressed for time it means I start brainstorming the best way to whip up a recipe that can be cooked from start to finish in one pan.

And who doesn’t love that?

There’s nothing easier (or better after a long day) than a full flavored dish that doesn’t create a mess or leave you feeling like you just finished running a marathon. After how this week has been, no matter how much I secretly love what I do, I just wanted something simple that I could enjoy without having to overthink it too much.

And with this taco skillet, I totally nailed it.

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! An easy taco skillet that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com

This is a very basic recipe at its core – beef, elbow macaroni, cheese, plus all the tasty taco flavors you can handle – but sometimes (okay, most of the time) simple recipes are the best kind.

Perfection doesn’t need to be an elaborate exercise in culinary excellence. Some ingredients just work together because they work together.

End of story.

It’s hard to improve perfection.

Sort of like beef and macaroni – they were made to go together. As were taco seasoning and sour cream.

Oh, and cheese.

Lots and lots of cheese.

Because cheese plays well with everything.

This is the type of dinner I’d look forward to ending my day with.

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! An easy taco skillet that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com

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Recipe Details

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet! An easy taco skillet that's like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect for busy weeknights. And you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.34 from 9 votes

One Pan Cheesy Taco Skillet

5 mins prep + 25 mins cook
661 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
An easy taco skillet that’s like a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper. Perfect to make on busy weeknights. Plus, you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want!

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch salt, to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups water, separated
  • 15 ounce corn, (1 can) drained
  • 1 cup salsa, any flavor, mild to spicy
  • 1 cup taco sauce, any flavor, mild to spicy
  • 1 ounce taco seasoning, any flavor, mild to spicy
  • 2 cup Mexican cheese blend, shredded, separated
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil. Add ground beef to skillet, then cook and crumble ground beef over medium high heat. Drain grease and return ground beef to pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add chopped onion and garlic to skillet, plus salt and pepper to taste. Cook until onion is translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in 1 cup water, corn, salsa, taco sauce, taco seasoning, and elbow macaroni. Mix ingredients together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer. For the amount of time to simmer, check your box of macaroni for the recommended cooking time and divide that number by half. 
  • Remove lid and add in final 1 cup of water, then stir. Return cover and allow to simmer for the remaining recommended cook time of the macaroni.
  • Remove skillet from heat. Quickly add in 1 cup of Mexican cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of Mexican cheese on top, then replace lid. Let sit for 1-3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Serve immediately with sour cream and chopped cilantro as garnish (optional).

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 661kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 1241mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1389IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 4mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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49 comments

    • Jennifer
    • 4 stars

    Oh, goodness! That looks yummy! Thanks for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home!

    Jennifer

    • Trisha @ The Ham & Cheese Of IT
    • 4 stars

    I love making this for my family! Especially on days where I have zero time to get a big meal going. Thanks for sharing this on Our Mini Family Link Party. I made sure to pin it and share it on stumble upon! Thanks again. 🙂

    • Amy Basso | Amy’s Apron
    • 4 stars

    One-pan meals are the best! That sauce drizzled over the top looks divine!

    • Lily Nguyen
    • 5 stars

    mmm! Now that looks delicious! My boyfriend would love this. I think I will substitute the beef with ground Turkey and see how that goes. All your recipes look so good. Keep up the great work!

    • This would be awesome with ground Turkey 😀 Hope you guys like it!

    • Ashleigh
    • 4 stars

    This is something my whole family will love! Skillet meals are my fav for busy nights! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Ashleigh! If you make it, I hope everyone likes it 😀

    • Heather Serra
    • 3 stars

    This looks amazing! What better way to unwind at the end of the day than with a savory meal? I’m going to try this on Taco Tuesday for something new. 🙂

    • Chelsea
    • 4 stars

    Wow, so easy and looks soooo bomb!

    • Thanks Chelsea! I’m probably a little biased, but I think it tastes as good as it looks 😀

    • Katie @thebrooksielife
    • 4 stars

    This looks amazing!!! I am putting on my menu this week! Thanks!!

    • Kari
    • 5 stars

    My mouth is now all watery. Pinned. 🙂 keepitsimplediy.blogspot.com

    • Britney
    • 4 stars

    You had me at one pan! This looks amazing and I’ll have to try it!

    • Leah
    • 4 stars

    I am all about easy 1 pot meals! Great recipe!

    • Ana De- Jesus
    • 5 stars

    What is great about this recipe is that I can make a vegetarian version too with quorn mince. Thank you for sharing I will be looking forward to trying this out. http://www.fadedspring.co.uk

    • Interesting! I hadn’t heard of quorn mince before – I’d love to hear how it turns out with it 😀

    • Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife
    • 5 stars

    Nailed it for sure! This looks SOOOO good! I can’t have dairy anymore but there are some non-dairy alternatives I could use. Pinning so I can remember to make this soon!

    • Awesome Marlynn! I’d love to hear how the non-dairy version turns out.

    • Olivia @ livforcake
    • 4 stars

    This looks ah-mazing! Love it. Great pics!

    • Thanks Olivia! That’s a big compliment coming from you 😀

    • Mary
    • 4 stars

    This looks so yummy and has now made me hungry! I will be adding this recipe to my menu planning rotation. Thanks.

    • heather @french press
    • 5 stars

    sounds like a delicious and easy addition to our taco Tuesday menu plan

    • Awesome idea 😀 We might do the same tonight (again!) at our house!

    • Cynthia @craftoflaughter
    • 4 stars

    My Hubby would LOVE this! Perhaps for dinner tonight! Thanks, also pinning it!

    • Thanks Cynthia! If you made it, I hope you liked it!

    • Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer
    • 5 stars

    this looks absolutely amazing and delicious! Perfect for a weeknight meal!

  • I LOVE this kind of food! Quicker than a baked casserole but still so comforting. Simple recipes are the best kind. Don’t think there’s a person alive that wouldn’t love this (except I suppose if you’re a vegetarian)

    • Ali @ Home & Plate
    • 5 stars

    Chrisy….this looks delicious! I’m pretty sure my kids would gobble this down fast. I would have to maybe double this recipe. Perfect for a busy weeknight.

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